Jaques Lazier, A.J. Foyt IV in for Texas
A.J. Foyt Racing and Team 3G are changing drivers for Saturday night's Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway, bringing on A.J. Foyt IV and Jaques Lazier, respectively. Both changes are only for one race at this point. Also at Texas, Conquest Racing will return to the grid with driver Alex Tagliani after missing the race at Milwaukee.
Foyt IV returns as driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply entry for A.J. Foyt Racing. He began his IndyCar Series career with 47 starts with the team from 2003-05 and recently competed in the Indianapolis 500 with the team.
"I'm excited to get the opportunity to run another race," said Foyt IV. "I really like the track, and not just because it's in Texas. It suits my style, it's fast and the racing is close. Hopefully we get the result we're looking for."
Foyt IV is the second driver to replace injured Vitor Meira in the No. 14 car. Paul Tracy drove the car at Milwaukee.
Team 3G is bringing in Jaques Lazier, a veteran of 50 IndyCar Series races, to replace Stanton Barrett in the No. 98 machine.
"As we continue to lay the foundation and improve as a team, we believe Jaques' experience with these cars will help our team tremendously," team co-owner Steve Sudler said. "Now is the time to start building toward 2010 for programs and sponsorship, and we look forward to giving Stanton a competitive car later this season for Japan and some other events."
Lazier competed in partial seasons from 1999-2005, running a high of 10 races in 2001. During that season, he captured poles at Richmond and Chicagoland and earned a victory at Chicagoland.
"I am really looking forward to rejoining the IndyCar Series" Lazier said. "I have been talking with Greg (Beck) and Steve since Indy, and I feel really comfortable with where the team is headed and how we can work to grow the program on ovals and with my sponsors, as well."
Tagliani will contest his fourth race of the season with Conquest Racing. He finished 10th at St. Petersburg and Long Beach and 11th at Indianapolis. This will be his first start at Texas Motor Speedway.